A Belfast man was bitten by a blue shark while he fell off the coast of Cork last night.
He sustained a serious forearm injury.
Crosshaven RNLI Volunteers were called on the spot at 6 pm.
The deep-sea fishing boat & # 39; Deora The & # 39; steamed towards Crosshaven about eight miles off the coast and rendezvoused with the Lifeboat from Crosshaven about four miles south of Roches Point.
The victim had immediately received first aid from the crew of the fishing boat before it was transferred to the lifeboat where further accident handling on board took place.
The lifeboat was received by an ambulance in Crosshaven and the victim was transported to the University Hospital of Cork.
Blue sharks are the most common shark species in Irish waters. They grow to a maximum length of just under four meters.
They mainly feed on small fish and squid, although they can catch larger prey. It is assumed that they can live up to 20 years.
Blue sharks rarely bite people. Until 2013, the blue shark was involved in only 13 bite incidents, four of which were fatal.